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The First, the Present & the Memories in Between


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Memories are a POWERFUL thing, it can lift us up, bring us down, make us thankful or learn from mistakes. I was recently working in the shop with walnut wood and the smell triggered memories of my father and I making an entertainment center when i was 16, it's like I was there. The senses of sight, touch and sound are just as impactful.

Recently I was listening to the 70's music on iHeart Radio, wow did it ever take me back to a simpler time, you know the feeling. It's amazing when you hear a song and it unlocks memories and triggers emotions from times you thought you had forgotten, it's a powerful thing. Not long after that, I was thinking, 'what ever happened to my first camera?', honestly, i have no idea, I looked on eBay and found the exact model in pristine condition, an Olympus OM10. I purchased a camera exactly like this in 1978 to photograph sporting events for my local hometown newspaper. As soon as I got it, yep, I looked through the viewfinder and, more powerful than any song, a flood of memories came back as I saw the meter and heard the click of the camera and cranked the film advance. Then I looked at my current camera and thought of millions of images I've been blessed to take over the last 35 + years, the people the camera has put me in front of and the number of cameras I've had. So I had to take this photo of the two cameras, the first and the present.

I calculated I've had right at 20 different cameras between, some were very large as the second photo shows (a copy of a self portrait), the largest was a Mamiya RB67 with a 100-200 zoom lens. A few others were Hasselblad that I used at many proms, graduations and weddings and put thousands of rolls of film through them all. Wow how times and technology have changes… but thankful my memories the cameras have given me have never changed.

Missouri Session

Location sessions are always exciting for me. While I do research on the property and location as much as I can, it's never exactly the same as being there. This challenges me, technically and artistically, and I love that challenge that pushes me to focus on the final image and the many possibilities.

I had a recent opportunity to create images on location at a private ranch in Missouri. I wasn't able to do much research since it was an open ranch, only able to see on the private web site I was provided. Arriving early, I was able to meet the parents and chat about options and areas they liked. It was an honor to hear of the history of the ranch and of their hunting trips as a family to Africa. This 2000 acre ranch was very nice with rolling hills, open grazing and wooded areas for the deer that were plenty (I saw about 15 does and 4-5 large buck while in the time we were driving around).

We were able to capture a wide variety of incredible images in various spots until the sun went down. The images below are from the first location we went to that was close to the lodge. The other locations were equally as awesome.

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Flory Family

Living in a college town has many opportunities and privileges, especially to the business owners. We occasionally get parents visiting their children at the U/A and want a family portrait while here. I had the honor to photograph the Flory family from Plano Texas in October. The weather was perfect and the scenery was great on campus. We decided to go to the back side of Carnall Hall for the photos since there was a wedding taking place on campus in front and didn’t want to distract from the event. I’ve never created a family portrait in this area by the colors seemed to go well with their clothing. We also created images on the porch and captured a great variety. The Flory’s were a pleasure to photograph, great expressions from everyone and a fun and enjoyable sessions. They now have portraits on their walls that they will cherish for years and passed down through generations to come.

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Keyes Children

One of my favorite clients is the Keye children from Texarkana TX. I have had the honor to photograph them for the past 12 years, it doesn’t seem that long! Their mom is from Fayetteville and how they came to start having children and family photo sessions with Branch. The first few are of Ava, the oldest, from her 1 yr photo to the last one when she was 12. The next is of Maggie and the last is of the youngest Tripp. You can see their awesome transformation in the group photos to the good looking kids they are today! So honored to a small part of their lives by creating beautiful professional portraits as these children mature. Just a reminder, you don’t have to live in NW Arkansas to have a professional photo shoot with Branch Photography, we go on location too!

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